Over and Undervalued

Most are aware of the traditional story of Helen of Troy.

However, there is an alternative legend in which this beautiful queen was captured, carried away, and became a victim of amnesia.

She became a prostitute in the streets. She didn’t know her name, nor the fact that she came from royal blood. But, back in her homeland, friends didn’t give up. One Greek man believed she was alive, and went to look for her. He never lost faith.

One day, while searching through the streets, he came to a waterfront, and saw a pitiful woman in ragged clothes, with deep lines in her face.

Something about her seemed familiar, so he approached her, asking, “What is your name?” She answered with a meaningless name. “May I see your hands?” he requested, since he knew the lines in Helen’s hands.

She held out her hands, and the young man gasped, “You are Helen! You are Helen of Troy! Don’t you remember?” She gave an astonished gaze. “Helen of Troy!” he repeated.

Suddenly, the mental fog lifted, her expression changed, and as the light went on in her spirit, she rediscovered her lost self! Weeping, she embraced her old friend, discarded her old clothes, and once more became the queen she was meant to be!

Robert Schuller adds, “God searches for you in the same way. He uses every method possible to look for you, and try to convince you of your worth to Him.”

Scripture declares, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Some prefer to translate “a new creation” as “there is a new creation.”

“Have passed away” indicates a crisis experience.

“Have become new” is the perfect tense, indicating a continuing state. The NASB states, “The old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

“Too many people overvalue what they are not, and undervalue what they are.”

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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